Big Data

March 2018, - Feature

Emerging and Future Fleet Data Technologies

Predictive analytics can help keep trucks on the road. Navistar has been piloting a new OnCommand Connection feature called Live Action Plans, which predicts when a part is going to fail before it does. Photo: Navistar

By Deborah Lockridge

Predictive analytics, blockchain, and other emerging technologies represent the future of data usage for trucking fleets.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Analytics, Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Blockchain

January 2018, - Feature

How Trucking Has Evolved and Where It Could be Going

With the ELD mandate now in place, the next step is to educate fleet owners, managers and drivers on how to best use the data and high-level information they can now access. Photo: Omnitracs

By Lauren Domnick

The transportation and supply chain industry has evolved immensely throughout the past year. In 2018, with new technologies in our cabs and the ELD mandate in effect, more eyes will be on our industry.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Analytics, Truck Parking, Omnitracs, ELDs, Big Data, ELD Mandate

January 2018, - Feature

Digging into Fleet Data Unlocks Greater Efficiency and Profitability

Once you’ve mastered the basics of analyzing data, go beyond canned reports to unlock the doors to greater efficiency and profitability.

By Deborah Lockridge

Going beyond canned reports and digging deeper into your fleet data is the key to unlocking the doors to greater efficiency and profitability.

Tags: Fleet Management Software, Analytics, Big Data, Data Analysis

December 2017, - Feature

Top 10 Feature Articles of 2017

Photo via ERoad

By HDT Staff

With 2017 in the rear view mirror, we look back at the most popular feature articles of the past year on

Tags: Compliance, Driver Health, Heavy Duty Trucking magazine, ELDs, Big Data, Mobile Apps, Last Mile Delivery

December 2017, - Feature

The Top 10 KPIs Every Fleet Manager Should Track

Driver safety scorecards help drivers understand where they rank in terms of safety. Fleet managers can reward the best drivers with incentives.  Source: MiX Telematics

By Pete Allen

ELDs will increase the amount of useful data that fleets can use to improve safety, efficiency and compliance. While KPIs will differ by fleet size and vertical, here are the most common – the ones every fleet should be tracking.

Tags: Telematics, Analytics, ELDs, Big Data, KPIs

December 2017, - Feature

Making Data Work for You

By HDT Staff

There's more data available to fleets than ever, coming from the truck, from their internal TMS software, and from external sources ranging from safety scores to social media. Explore how can use data analytics and business intelligence to turn this data into better safety, efficiency, and profitability.

Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Data Analysis

December 2017, - Feature

Blockchain Shows Promise for Trucking

By Jim Beach

Blockchain is a combination of technologies that allow transactions between parties via a trusted, shared ledger. It's a complex sounding process but the shared record-keeping technology is showing promise for trucking applications.

Tags: Information Technology, Big Data, Blockchain, Blockchain in Transport Alliance

December 2017, - Cover Story

How to Make Data Work for You

One of the keys to making data work for you is focusing on the key metrics that can make a difference in your company. Focus on what you want to accomplish and how data can help. Photo: McLeod Software/P&S Transportation

By Deborah Lockridge

Analyzing data can improve operations, safety, uptime, profits, and more, but for a lot of fleets the hardest question to answer is where to begin?

Tags: Telematics, Information Technology, Analytics, Big Data

November 2017, - Feature

A New Frontier in Diagnostics

Diagnostic tools are vital for fleet maintenance procedures today. But the systems can be expensive and difficult to use across different makes and models of trucks. Photo: Rush Truck Centers

By Jack Roberts

Diagnostic devices on the shop floor are powerful maintenance tools. But as with any new technology, fleets are still learning how to uses them in a cost-effective manner.

Tags: Telematics, Vehicle Diagnostics, Diagnostics, Remote Diagnostics, Big Data

October 2017, - Feature

Big Data is Generating Big Returns

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By John G. Smith

Data ranging from maintenance costs to video images is increasingly helping fleets to drive down the cost of everything from on-road repairs to collisions. And those who dig a little deeper can realize some of the biggest savings of all.

Tags: Big Data, Analytics, Information Technology, ATA MC&E

August 2017, - Feature

ELDs Can Open the Door to Big Data

By Jim Park

Why settle for simple electronic logging when it can serve as a total fleet management solution in a box?

Tags: ELDs, Big Data, ELD Mandate, Data Management

May 2017, - Department

Titanium Transportation Keeps an End-To-End Eye on Trailers

Titanium Transportation has adopted the Blackberry Radar, an end-to-end asset management system that provides more benefits than simply tracking trailers on the move.

By Stephane Babcock

In an effort to boost efficiencies and increase equipment utilization in its growing fleet, Ontario-based Titanium Transportation decided to modernize the way it tracks its more than 1,200 trailers.

Tags: Trailer Tracking, Asset Tracking, Big Data

February 2017, - WebXclusive

How ‘Intelligent’ is Your Business?

Graphic courtesy TMW

By TMW Systems

Where are you on the ladder of business intelligence? Using big data can help you understand potentially thousands of variables to help you boost competitiveness and profitability.

Tags: TMW Systems, Big Data, Business Intelligence

December 2016, - WebXclusive

Q&A: SunteckTTS Leaders on Merger, Technology

By Deborah Lockridge

Sunteck Transport Group and TTS Holdings just officially closed a merger deal creating what they say will be one of the largest multimodal, agent-based freight management service providers in the U.S. We talked to the leaders of the new entity about the merger and how technology is changing the industry.

Tags: 3PL, Mergers & Acquisitions, Big Data, Freight Uberization

October 2016, - Feature

The Vanishing Paper Trail

By Jim Beach

A paperless trucking operation is technologically possible, but don’t expect paper to go away anytime soon.

Tags: TMW Systems, Pegasus TransTech, Document Management, Omnitracs, Big Data

October 2016, - Editorial

Commentary: The Heady Pace of Technology

Deborah Lockridge

By Deborah Lockridge

Drones, self-driving trucks, so-called “Uber” for freight transportation as well as the Internet of Things and Big Data all have the power to disrupt today’s ways of moving freight.

Tags: Big Data, Autonomous Vehicles, Freight Uberization, Drones

September 2016, - Editorial

Climbing the Data Mountain

Rolf Lockwood

By Rolf Lockwood

Managing data is utterly essential to the successful maintenance of a truck fleet in 2016. That’s a given. But knowing it is one thing – doing it is quite another.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Zonar, Big Data

July 2016, - Department

Kottke Trucking Analyzes Freight to Improve Revenue per Mile

Being able to analyze the profitability of loads, lanes, customers and more has helped Kottke Trucking increase revenue. Photo: Kottke Trucking

By Deborah Lockridge

Kottke Trucking's search for more insight into their operations eventually led them to TCG’s Activity-Based Costing and Profitability Management Tools. The fleet says it’s seen an increase in revenue per mile of 10.5% over the past 18 months by using TCG’s Cost Information System to make better decisions.

Tags: Operating Costs, Analytics, Revenues, Big Data

May 2016, - WebXclusive

Q&A: Omnitracs' Brad Taylor Talks About Big Data and the Internet of Things

Brad Taylor

By Deborah Lockridge

Why does Omnitracs need a vice president of Internet of Things Solutions? We talked to Brad Taylor to find out in this Q&A to learn more about the role of connectivity and big data in trucking and in everyday life.

Tags: Information Technology, Omnitracs, Big Data, Internet of Things, Q&A

April 2016, - WebXclusive

Ryder’s Bill Dawson Wades into Modern ‘Sea of Data’

Ryder's Bill Dawson talks about data. Photo courtesy Today's Trucking

By Today's Trucking

MISSISSAUGA, ON — More data is available to the trucking industry today than ever before in its history, to the point that data and maintenance have become integrally linked. But it will take time to figure out how to perfectly integrate this new sea of data into day-to-day business, says Bill Dawson, VP of maintenance operations and engineering for Ryder System Inc.

Tags: Information Technology, Big Data

April 2016, - WebXclusive

Clean Data, Achievable Goals Keys to Avoiding Information Overload

By John G. Smith, Editor, Today's Trucking

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Kirk Altrichter, vice president of maintenance for Nebraska-based Crete Carrier, says the ability to gather maintenance data in real time is nothing short of amazing. But what do you do with it? Second in our series from the Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit on the role of data in modern maintenance operations.

Tags: Big Data

April 2016, - WebXclusive

Big Data Can Guide Big Maintenance Decisions, Panel Says

By John G. Smith, Editor, Today's Trucking

"In the perfect world, I’d like to see a truck tell me what’s wrong with it,” said Crete Carrier's Kirk Altrichter in a panel at the inaugural Canadian Fleet Maintenance Summit. Learn more in this first installment of a series on the role of data in modern maintenance operations.

Tags: Canada, Big Data

December 2014, - Feature

Big Data & Trucking

By Jim Beach

Trucking operations generate billions of pieces of information each day, and fleet managers are learning how to put it all to use.

Tags: PeopleNet, Cadec, Omnitracs, Big Data, Information Technology

January 2014, - WebXclusive

Does More Fuel Data Make You Smarter?

Fuel card vendors now provide more data than ever about fueling transactions. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

By Howard Abrams, Sokolis Group

Although technology has enabled us to collect so much data now, does having vast amounts of it really make us any smarter? Negotiating fuel-discount programs won't do you much good unless you know how to make sense of the fueling data.

Tags: Information Technology, Diesel Prices, Fuel and Oil, Truckstops, Big Data, Fuel Cards


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